LUIS  SOTO

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Americas

Many people have heard of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but few people know her story.

In this talk, speaker and catechist Luis Soto (who himself was born and raised in Mexico) shares the little-known history and life-changing importance of Mary's appearance to a peasant man named Juan Diego, and the miraculous image she left behind. Loved by millions (including St. John Paul II), Our Lady of Guadalupe is a patron and example of how to share the Gospel with the whole world.

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Luis Soto is the Director of Hispanic Content and Business Development for the Augustine Institute. Before joining AI, Luis was Director of Ministry Development at the Catholic Leadership Institute, and before that, was part of the founding team and Executive Director of Hispanic Ministry and Centro San Juan Diego, the Hispanic Leadership Institute for Pastoral and Family Life of the Archdiocese of Denver. Luis holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in theology. Luis is originally from Sonora, Mexico and has a passion for integrating into American Society while maintaining his rich Hispanic heritage and culture. Luis developed One Family Under God, a model of unity and integration amongst cultures in Catholic parishes today. Recognizing Luis Soto's substantial contributions to the Church and society, in November 2010, Luis received the Benemerenti Medal from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI; one of the most noteworthy distinctions to be bestowed upon a lay Catholic. Luis and his wife Maira live in Denver with their three children.